This information only applies if you want to apply for your child to start Year 7 at secondary school in September 2022 as they are in Year 6 at a primary or junior school.
If your child needs a school place in a different year group or at another point in the year, you need to apply to move schools.
2 Find your catchment area school and other local schools
Before applying for your child's secondary school place:
3 Before you apply
You must read the Information for parents booklet, the appendix and the additional guidance pages before applying.
- Information for parents: Admission to secondary school booklet 2022/23 (PDF, 1.8MB)
- Information for parents: Admission to secondary school booklet 2022/23 - Appendix 1 (PDF, 394KB)
- Information for parents: Admission to secondary school booklet 2022/23 - Appendix 2 (PDF, 11.2MB)
- Key dates for secondary school places
- How school places are allocated
- Address information for school places (including shared residency)
- Moving house during an allocation round
- Applying for a place under the exceptional and compelling category
- Parental responsibility, disputes and access to information
- School admissions policies
It is the responsibility of parents or carers to apply for a school place. You do not need to have a letter from the County Council.
Follow our checklist to ensure you have completed all the necessary steps before applying.
- You can apply for up to three different schools. Rank the schools in order of preference - the first school listed should be the one you would most like your child to go to.
- We advise that you use all three preferences and enter your catchment school as one of your preferences.
- Please be realistic with your preferences. If you choose an oversubscribed school, the further away you live the less likely you are to be offered a place.
- If you select a school as a preference that is not your nearest/catchment school, this may impact on your eligibility for transport. Please see the school transport pages for further information.
- Do not include a school that you do not want as a preference as you may be offered this school.
- If you apply after the closing date you are far less likely to get a place at one of your preferred schools.
- After the application deadline you cannot change your preferences unless there is a genuine unforeseeable reason for doing so, for example, if a sibling changes school.
5 Apply for a place
Applications closed on Sunday 31 October 2021.
You will now need to complete a late application form.
6 Offer dates
You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email or letter, depending on how you applied. No information will be provided over the phone.
Applications received before 11.59pm on 31 October 2021
- If you applied online we will email you the outcome of your application on Tuesday 1 March 2022. Emails will be sent throughout the day so we can't give you an exact time.
- If you applied by paper form you will be emailed the result later this day if an email address was provided with the application. The admissions office will contact you to request an email address if one is not specified on the form.
- If you do not have an email address you will receive a letter by second class post.
Applications received after 11.59pm on 31 October 2021
- If we received your application out of time (between 1 November 2021 and 26 November 2021) we will consider your preferences after reviewing all the applications we received on time.
- You will be emailed a letter with the outcome on Tuesday 1 March 2022, as long as you provided an email address in your application.
- Applications received after 26 November 2021 are late and outside the normal admissions round. They will not be processed until after 28 March 2022. You will be contacted after this date.
7 Applying after the closing date
Applications closed on Sunday 31 October 2021. To apply now you will need to complete the late application form below.Late application for a secondary school place
Do not use this form if you want to move a child in a different year group or at another point in the year. In these instances you need to apply to move schools.
Applying using a paper form
- If you are unable to use the online late application form, contact the Pupil Admissions Team to request a paper application form.
- You are not encouraged to return your paper forms directly to the Pupil Admissions Team unless you use recorded delivery post.
- Claims about missing forms will not be investigated unless you can provide evidence that it was received by the Pupil Admissions Team. West Sussex County Council is not responsible for forms lost or delayed in the post. We recommend that you keep a copy of the form and evidence of posting.
- Applying after the closing date means that your preferences will be considered after all the preferences received on time have been allocated.